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Estonia says Russian planes violate its air space, again

Jun. 16, 2021 10:13 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — NATO member Estonia said Wednesday that two Russian fighter jets violated its airspace, in what it claimed was the fourth such incident this year. Two Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighters entered the Baltic country's airspace in the vicinity of Hiiumaa, a...

Proposal to replace Maine power companies moves ahead

Jun. 16, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A proposal to replace power companies in Maine with a consumer-owned utility has passed a test in the Maine Legislature. Critics of the two biggest power companies in the state, Versant and Central Maine Power, want to replace the companies with a...

Thailand sets mid-October to reopen to vaccinated visitors

Jun. 16, 2021 09:58 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand plans to fully reopen to vaccinated foreign visitors by mid-October as the government seeks to restart the crucial coronavirus-devastated tourism industry, the prime minister announced Wednesday. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said fully...

German platoon ordered from Lithuania amid misconduct probe

Jun. 16, 2021 09:55 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Defense Ministry said Wednesday it has ordered a platoon stationed in Lithuania as part of a NATO mission to return home immediately amid allegations of serious misconduct. The ministry said the allegations include sexual harassment, insults with...

The Latest: Activists call for peace at Biden-Putin summit

Jun. 16, 2021 09:54 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — GENEVA — Peace activists unfurled a huge banner in Lake Geneva on Wednesday calling on the Russian and U.S. presidents to slash their nuclear arsenals. Campaigners in a sailboat spread the banner, reading “Peace and Security Through Disarmament,” in...

Maine state of emergency over COVID-19 to end in 2 weeks

Jun. 16, 2021 09:51 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's state of the emergency over the coronavirus pandemic is entering its final two weeks. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills declared the “state of civil emergency” in the early stages of the pandemic. The declaration has allowed Mills to use all...

Ex-aide says Boris Johnson called health minister 'hopeless'

Jun. 16, 2021 09:49 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The former top aide to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson ramped up his criticism of the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday, releasing what appeared to be private message exchanges in which Johnson branded his health...

'Two great powers': Biden, Putin plunge into hours of talks

Jun. 16, 2021 09:43 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — With stern expressions and polite words before the cameras, President Joe Biden and Russia's Vladimir Putin plunged into hours of face-to-face talks Wednesday at a lush lakeside Swiss mansion, a highly anticipated summit at a time when both leaders agree that relations between...

EU members agree to lift travel restrictions on US tourists

Jun. 16, 2021 09:43 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is recommending that its 27 member countries start lifting restrictions on tourists from the United States. EU members agreed Wednesday to add the U.S. to the list of countries for which they should gradually remove restrictions on...

Loan relief granted to defrauded for-profit college students

Jun. 16, 2021 09:43 AM EDT

The U.S. Education Department said Wednesday it's erasing student debt for thousands of borrowers who attended a for-profit college chain that made exaggerated claims about its graduates’ success in finding jobs. The Biden administration said it is approving 18,000 loan...